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The colourful wildflowers growing over her garden fence in Singapore were the kind of exotic orchids that many people in Europe now have in pots on windowsills. The search for wild orchids has taken Sue to many countries; but, as she says, there is a special satisfaction in finding and identifying beautiful orchids close to home – and for the past 16 years Sue’s home in Carvoiero has been a base for studying the Algarve’s wonderful wildflowers and, in particular, its wild orchids.

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Since the mid 1990s, First Nature has been publishing books and free online information about the natural world, its wildlife, wildflowers fungi and habitats. Run by Pat O’Reilly and his wife Sue (who writes as Sue Parker), the First Nature website contains nearly 200 web pages and receives more than 3/4 million visits per year.Sue ParkerNaturalist Sue Parker’s fascination with orchids stems from her childhood in the Far East. The colourful wildflowers growing over her garden fence in Singapore were the kind of exotic orchids that many people in Europe now have in pots on windowsills. The search for wild orchids has taken Sue to many countries; but, as she says, there is a special satisfaction in finding and identifying beautiful orchids close to home – and for the past 16 years Sue’s home in Carvoiero has been a base for studying the Algarve’s wonderful wildflowers and, in particular, its wild orchids. (Sue also has a home in Wales, which serves as her main ‘writing’ base.)An active conservationist, Sue is the author of 12 books and several dozen articles on wildlife and countryside topics; she is well known in the Algarve for her column on Sustainable Living, which is published monthly in the Algarve Resident newspaper. Sue’s latest book, Wild Orchids of the Algarve – how, when and where to find them, provides a wealth of additional information on orchid ecology, taxonomy, top orchid sites and walks in the Algarve; its the essential handbook for Algarve residents and visitors alike. Sue has also produced and maintains the Algarve Wildlife website, whose pages are visited nearly 200,000 times a year.Pat O’Reilly Pat O’Reilly’s fascination with fungi, wildflowers and wildlife stretches back more than 40 years and has taken him to many countries; but, as he says, there is a special satisfaction in finding and identifying things close to home.Writing and broadcasting on wildlife and countryside topics for more than 30 years, Pat is the author of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles. An active conservationist, Pat has chaired and served on several UK government advisory committees and special commissions. Until April 2013 he was a board member of the Countryside Council for Wales – now Natural Resources Wales – where his special interest was in fungi conservation (he is a Member of the British Mycological Society) and the management of National Nature Reserves in Wales.For his environmental work Pat O’Reilly was awarded an MBE in 2003.

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